A Baja California adventure without pickleball

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to YOU!

I have just returned from a family vacation where I was off the grid and did not play pickleball.. Yes, either concept may be hard to grasp, but for me I have been traveling the Baja peninsula since 1987, so it was time to head south; cross the border for yet another adventure. What did I do?

Hung out with some California Gray whales. This was my fifth time to see and often touch these gentle giants. Quick info: The West coast of Baja is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. Gray whales migrate annually from the Bering Sea to the warm Baja lagoons to mate and give birth. Every year virtually the entire population of the Grays led by the pregnant females makes the 6,000 mile migration to the calving lagoons of Baja California. Gray whales can get to 52 feet long and weigh 36 tons, yet are gentle enough to touch and Baja California’s tranquil lagoons are the perfect—only—place to experience such a thrill!

baja gray whale

Once over the Baja’s East Coast (Sea of Cortez): did some fishing and saw some of the typical ocean sightings of porpoise, manta rays, seals, whales and turtles; took lots of walks on beautiful beaches collecting sand dollars and a variety of cool sea shells; exploring the dessert scape via off road vehicles; brought in the new year dancing to a fun Mexican band and launching Chinese sky lanterns into the new year’s moonlight.

In the next few weeks I will get caught up on my blog posts. I thank you all for your great emails, comments and questions. I will do my best to get back to you. I do enjoy hearing from all of you.

Now I am ready for pickleball 2015! Next up on the calendar is Seattle, WA next week. Yes a pickleball adventure with Alex Hamner. No tournament, just lots of pickleball play, visiting friends and FUN!

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